Pacific Palms

In the heart of the Great Lakes region, Pacific Palms is a gorgeous getaway with excellent surf beaches, luscious green surrounding parks and relaxed ambience. You’ll find secluded waters great for kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, as well as great fishing in Wallis and Smiths lakes.

Kommunity Project Great Lakes Pro in Pacific Palms

Best beaches

Relax on white sand at Elizabeth Beach, framed by the green hills of Booti Booti, where you can where you can swim, surf or snorkel. Blueys Beach and Boomerang Beach are great surfing and snorkelling spots. This is also where the Komunity Project Great Lakes Pro surfing event is held.

Cellito Beach, also known as Sandbar, is a great surf beach with sweeping views towards Seal Rocks. Behind the beach, Smiths Lake offers many family friendly water activities. A short drive south will take you to vibrant Seal Rocks, where you’ll find breathtaking views from Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse.

Cape Hawke lookout at Booti Booti National Park in Forster & Taree, North Coast

Walking trails

At the north end of Pacific Palms, the spectacular Booti Booti National Park covers a scenic 8km peninsula of beautiful headlands, beaches and rainforest. This is a great place for hiking, swimming, and birdwatching. In the Winter you can watch whales as they migrate along the coast.

The Booti Hill Lakeside walking track is a spectacular walk that runs along both the ocean and the lake. Starting at Ruins campground, the walk crosses the stunning Seven Mile Beach and climbs the northern side of Booti Hill. There are rest spots along the way, and at Elizabeth Beach you can take a refreshing dip.

In Wallingat National Park, take the trail to Whoota Whoota lookout for spectacular views of the Great Lakes region. Other delightful walks include Sugar Creek trail and Cabbage Palm loop walking track. Mountain biking trails deliver nature’s best here too, with the Southern Boundary trail and Tip to Tail trail.

Getting there and where to stay

Pacific Palms is just a 3hr 30min drive from Sydney and 35min drive from Taree Airport. Coach services run from Sydney and Newcastle or you can catch the train from Sydney via Newcastle.   You can also make this a memorable stop on a North Coast road trip.

Accommodation options in Pacific Palms range from beachside resorts, retreats and houses to lakeside cottages and camping grounds in national parks. There are lots of campgrounds and camping sites in Myall Lake National Park. 


Taree Airport

Fly into Taree Airport

Taree Airport is 7km from Taree’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip northeast. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the regions of Manning Valley and the Great Lakes at your own pace.

Fly Pelican operates direct flights between Sydney and Taree six days a week, and flies to Newcastle once a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Taree.

Things to Do and Places to Stay